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Problem: A sensitive gravimeter at a mountain observatory finds that the free-fall acceleration is 0.0055m/s2 less than that at sea level (gsealevel = 9.83 m/s2).What is the observatory's altitude? Assume Rearth = 6.37

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Gravitational acceleration:

g=GMER2

g = 9.8 m/s2

g' = (9.83 - 0.0055) = 9.8245 m/s2 

R = 6.37

R' = R + h = (6.37 + h)

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A sensitive gravimeter at a mountain observatory finds that the free-fall acceleration is 0.0055m/s2 less than that at sea level (gsealevel = 9.83 m/s2).

What is the observatory's altitude? Assume Rearth = 6.37

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